Good morning and Happy Throwback Thursday. Here in June 2006 we had our early signs of the type of child Timothy would turn into. I had opened up a dead cable modem gateway to see if there was anything obvious (like a fuse) and his eyes LIT UP!

Timothy examines a dead cable gateway

I made the kids Chicken Chile Burrito Bowls for dinner last night. Even though I *thought* there'd be leftovers, it was good enough that many had seconds and pot went empty. It reminded me of something you might order at Chipotle. It also helped that Claire Bear joined us for dinner (and she sliced up an avocado as garnish). Recommended.

After a quick cleanup I went over to St. Pats for a fast moving RCIA class. With Palm Sunday and Holy Week coming up, there was a lot of go over. I was happy to get back home and relax with just the boys. While the girls went for a swim at Hampshire Hills, the boys and I de-stressed with a recent episode of the Tonight Show/Jimmy Fallon.

This morning I got the kids out the door, went to 7:30 Mass, and breakfast at Cafe on the Oval (w/Paul B) afterwards. Michael has a quick appointment at the Orthodontist to get spacers put in before he gets a new (replacement) appliance installed next week. I had a smooth commute down to Boxborough, listening to one of my favorite weekly tech podcasts, especially since it's their 500th episode! 10+ years of podcasting! 

I got past the obscure Microsoft error I'd been fighting and so will be spending the day making a new simulation environment for our design verification guys. Hopefully I can catch the Step class tonight, work permitting.

I'll close with my Twinz' favorite video of the week

It's a parody of "Uptown Funk" with a Harry Potter theme. Anytime they hear it, they come running to watch it again. It's so well done that it's almost as good as the original. I doubt Weird Al could have done better. I particularly like Lord Voldemort's bald head having curlers in it.

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After taking the kids to Hampshire Hills this morning, we decided to head down to Nashua to eat at the Pheasant Lane mall's food court for lunch. We did a little bit o' shopping afterwards.

Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor

Daniel got some Lindt chocolate, Claire Bear got some shoes for work, Timothy got a beefier power supply for his Raspberry Pi, and I picked up this t-shirt for upcoming workouts. I was briefly tempted at the Apple Store, but resisted. ;-) Timothy & I joked about picking up their Magic Trackpad and hooking it up to his 'Pi'. The trackpad would cost twice as much as the computer itself !!

When we got back I did a lot of chopping away at the ice in our driveway. Claire laughed when I announced what I was going to do. She thought I was using an ethnic accent to say "shopping". Afterwards I got to nap for the first time in months. I miss Saturday naps. Claire Bear & I worked together on reusing the leftover pulled pork to make enchiladas for dinner. A nice change from the usual beef or chicken enchiladas!

Eventually Abita came home from the Fast she participated in with St. John Neumann's youth group. I set her 'n Claire Bear up with Crazy, Stupid, Love while Tim & I tinkered upstairs. Considering tonight's time shift, it's time to wrap up.

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I had to skip Mass yesterday morning because the Twins had a long orthodontist appointment. They've had a Herbst appliance in their mouths since the beginning of the school year, but so far had avoided the arms, the 'struts' as I like to call them.

Michael's hardware had developed a crack in it, so they took off some of the appliance, took new molds of his mouth, and another appliance will be installed in about four weeks. So for now Michael has less hardware in his mouth.

On the other hand Daniel has more. They put the arms in yesterday. While not as obnoxious as the old head gear many of older folks had if we were teens with braces, they do limit how much you can/should open your mouth. Daniel finds that really annoying. Once in the middle of his day he had to re-connect the arms.

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Because the appointment ran so long I skipped heading to the office and worked the day from home. The boys and I had CCD at 6:30pm and when we got home, I took half of the pulled pork I'd been slow cooking all day and made BBQ sandwiches. I'm hoping to use the rest of the meat tonight for enchiladas.

Today was a typical Wednesday. Morning Mass and the Wednesday coffee & fellowship afterwards. I drove down to the office stopping by Gourmet Donuts in Townsend. When I pulled up I saw an old friend/coworker from the days when I worked at ATI. He became a VW TDI convert about a year or two after me and was driving yet another new model. He saw my Beetle TDI and asked about how it was doing.

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Finally! Success with my smoked sausage gumbo recipe today. This is probably my fourth or fifth time making it since last summer, but I think I'm getting improvement in each iteration. This time 'twas not too bland, not nuclear hot. I gave Timothy instructions to stir in the rice only in the last hour so that it wouldn't turn into mush. I cooked just enough such that there were no leftovers. And thanks to Claire Bear's Christmas gift of crockpot liners, cleanup was super quick.

As I was eating dinner and catching up with the boys, I quickly checked my messages. Tonight's Lector Meeting was postponed to next week. Tomorrow's CCD class is cancelled as is Abby's Youth Band practice. Qualcomm New England said that their offices are closed tomorrow, but I still have to work from home or take a vacation day. And of course Milford Schools are closed tomorrow. Hopefully the Superintendent doesn't robo-dial me at 5am to remind me.

So for a change tonight I get to sit by our roaring fire, sipping some hot drinks, watching an episode of "Top Gear" with my boys. <<insert manly grunt here>>

Now if everyone can just stay healthy and we can maintain our utilities (electricity, internet, etc), that would be awesome.

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